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ISE announces latest RISE Spotlight line-up in first event of 2021

Digital Learning virtual event includes contributions from Netflix and Microsoft Education

Integrated Systems Events is set to go live with the next edition of its RISE Spotlight virtual events on Tuesday 12 January. In partnership with The Next Web, this third RISE session, and the first for 2021, is entitled ‘Harness the Power of Digital Learning’.

“The pandemic has accelerated a remote learning revolution – it’s no longer an optional extra but an immediate necessity for business and academia,” states ISE. “With remote learning becoming more established in our daily lives, this timely RISE Spotlight will examine the technologies that are boosting digital learning experiences and find out where investment opportunities lie.”

Top of the agenda is the Reporter Roundtable session, where a curated international panel of experts will discuss the burning issues surrounding digital learning. Questions will include: Was last year’s rapid roll-out of digital learning technology more problematic than anticipated?; What are the barriers to implementing digital learning across an organisation?; Which technologies will create the biggest impact in 2021?

The panel comprises:

  • Varun Sawhney, director global learning and development at Netflix – The Netherlands
  • Elizabeth Lembke, chief talent navigator at Transforming Talent – Germany
  • Diana Laurillard, professor of learning with digital technology at UCL Knowledge Lab – UK
  • Robin Støckert, assistant professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU – Norway

Next up is a live one-to-one ‘On the Sofa’ interview with Mike Tholfsen, principal group product manager at Microsoft Education. The interview will be focused on the evolution of education technology and the future of digital learning. Audience members are encouraged to submit questions via the live chat.

This will be followed by ‘AVIXA Insights’, where Sean Wargo, senior director of market intelligence at AVIXA, will give ‘The Higher Ed Outlook’, presenting data from the association’s IOTA research about AV revenues in the education sector.

‘Start-up Nation’ has become a popular feature within the RISE Spotlight schedule. Discover the next big thing as Mercedes Bent, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, talks about some of the exciting start-ups in the digital learning space that her company has invested in. Mercedes will also introduce elevator pitches from Tom Brunskill, co-founder and CEO of Forage, and Deborah Burton, CEO at Instruqt, who will pitch their wares in a bid to impress the live audience.

Watercooler Virtual Meet-ups give attendees the opportunity to participate in live conversations with industry experts. Simply choose which break-out session you want to join:

  • AVIXA’s Sean Wargo will lead a discussion on issues arising from his AVIXA Insights presentation;
  • From CEDIA, Steve Rissi, Director of Technical Training and Samantha Ventura, Senior Vice President Education and Training, will talk to Content Director Ed Wenck about ‘Practical Applications of Digital Learning’.

The RISE digital programme offers a monthly dose of ISE, with RISE Spotlight virtual events plus online editorial content live at and featured within the RISE Connect newsletter. Produced in partnership with TNW and supported by ISE co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, virtual events are hosted on Hopin and have been designed to encourage industry engagement through compelling speaker sessions, a live audience Q&A chat function and networking opportunities.